Discover Sparky the Elf’s special Christmas story at her top-secret Romford toyshop

PUBLISHED: 15:07 27 November 2018

Sparky the Elf and Santa Claus will be performing in a secret location in Romford this December.

Sparky the Elf and Santa Claus will be performing in a secret location in Romford this December.


There’s a top-secret door in the heart of Havering.

Residents are invited to venture down some mysterious passageways at a hidden location in Romford for the Queen’s Theatre’s production of Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop.

Sparky Tinselbottom, a dedicated but somewhat naughty Elf is frantically working away in the build-up to Christmas making toys.

She’s terribly lonely and is inviting six to 11-year-olds to join in as one of her friends and discover fantastical tales of elves and lost toys from around the world.

Emma Swan plays the cheeky but friendly Sparky.

She told the Recorder: “It’s an immersive theatrical experience and it’s very special because it’s not quite like going to the theatre and watching a show.

“Hopefully it will feel like you’re entering into the world of Sparky.

“She’s been a bit of a naughty elf because she became an internet sensation by writing a song about Father Christmas with her ukulele which she put on Youtube.

“Father Christmas wasn’t too impressed so she’s now in a secret location somewhere in the heart of Romford.”

Emma’s recent children’s theatre credits include The Elves, The Princess and the Toad and Jack and the Beanstalk.

“Sparky loves singing Christmas songs that are a little different with quite cheeky lyrics,” said the Rotherham actress.

“I’m a huge Christmas fan and I’m delighted to be performing with the Queen’s Theatre for the first time.”

Written and directed by the Queen’s Theatre’s artistic director, Douglas Rintoul, this unique experience is from the team last year’s sell-out festive treat, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which was performed at the National Trust’s Rainham Hall.

Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop is performed in a secret location in the Mercury Mall from December 15 - 30, with performances are at 11am, 2pm 4.30pm 3pm and 6pm.

Families must arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time by the Help Desk on Level 2 (Street Level) at Romford’s The Mercury Mall in Mercury Gardens.

To book call the Queen’s Theatre’s box office on 01708 443333.

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